Poinsettia – History and Legends

In the run up to Christmas your likely to be over whelmed with the array of festive themed decor available to garnish the interior and exterior of your home. Garden centres and supermarket looking to cash in on this seasonal trend to decorate our home with bright colours and glitter also provide us with a selection of colourful pot plants to brighten up our family rooms. This great article all about the history of our beloved Poinsettia will provide you with some insight regarding our most popular houseplant, full of Christmas cheer. Enjoy responsibly and remember a Poinsettia is for life not just for Christmas!

The Garden Diaries

Poinsettia, Sparkling Punch Poinsettia, Sparkling Punch

Thanksgiving is just a memory, the turkey scraps are wrapped up in foil ready for turkey soup,  and I am ready to start my Christmas decorating. Poinsettiasare the traditional floral decoration for Christmas and coming out in so many incredible colors, that I had to write about them!

Can you guess what is the best-selling potted plant in the United States and Canada? I was amazed to learn that the Poinsettia is the most popular by far. Here are some other interesting tidbits:

History & Legends

  • The Poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima, means very beautiful

  • The showy leaves, called “bracts”, and are not the actual flower. With the proper light and temperature, the bracts accumulate the anthocyanin pigments that give them their color. The flowers of the poinsettia are in the center of the bracts, along with the sweet, fragrant nectar.

  • The cultivation of Poinsettias originated with the Aztecs hundreds of years ago…

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